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Photo Gallery: Long Beach Gay Pride Parade

From glam to spectacky, the parade struts and rolls along Ocean Boulevard to cheering spectators.

Almost everybody loves a parade, but we especially love a parade with such a unique ratio of face paint to bare skin. There might also have been just a touch of sequin presence Sunday at the 28th annual Gay Pride Parade, which drew what was estimated at more than a thousand spectators to Ocean Boulevard. Lined up between Lindero and Alamitos avenues, the fun-loving parade is all sass and spectacle. Entertainer Stephanie Miller, in the sparkly peace sign t-shirt, was the grand marshall. Several city officials including Mayor Bob Foster and his wife, Nancy, walked in the parade, but two of them seemed to mean more this day: Council members Robert Garcia and Gerrie Schipske, openly gay elected officials in a city with a very large gay population. Here are a few sights from Sunday's Gay Pride Day in Long Beach.

Panglonymous May 23, 2011 at 02:13 PM
I've always wondered about the elaborate drag-nun regalia. Seems like it's a common costume/role throughout the years at parades around the country. Is there a philosophical statement behind it? Is it a demonstration of unrestrained fashion fabulousness? Are the actors (?) usually/always/ever active Christians (Catholic, even) asserting their right to engage "artistically" with the symbols of their Church? Purely free (if inflammatory) speech? A big F.U.? Seriously don't know the answer to these. And perhaps I've missed the key question(s). Can anyone set me straight?
Christopher Carson McClellen May 23, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Www.thesisters.org It's an HIV/Aids awareness and charity organization.
Panglonymous May 23, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Thanks Christopher Sounds kinda staid. Their history page is a lot livelier. http://www.thesisters.org/content/sistory Seems fair to say they are international social and political activists. Shock troops - both a Department of Defense and a Department of War. The F.U., if there is one, goes to the rigid, intolerant church - given their regalia and performance art. The government gets its licks, too, but I'm guessing they've developed practical political instincts, and may even pull their punches in certain contexts. Their antics get them (often negative) publicity, which they convert to issue awareness, outreach, support services, fundraising & charity work, etc. Their 25th Anniversary Celebration: "25 Years to Life - Ruining it for Everyone" They appear to be here. Guess we should get used to it. ;-) . "The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® is a leading-edge Order of queer nuns. Since our first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted ourselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit."
Weldon Spurling May 24, 2011 at 03:09 AM
So sad this is sooo not about equality how can you be taken seriously with those antics there is a part of the church that truly loves you but there is such a thing as decency and who identify themselves by their sexual preference I am truly confused but what I see at such events is not about equalty - I love you

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